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Is there a missing link in your IP strategy?

Bearings manufacturer CeramicSpeed caused quite a stir at the recent Eurobike trade shown in Germany with their chainless, drive-shaft based drivetrain. In the last few years alone, the cycling industry has seen many innovations, including electronic gears, more gears, fewer gears, disc brakes, power meter developments, e-bikes, tubeless tyre technology...

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Is a colour a shape? Trade marking the outer appearance of your product by using colours

In a seemingly unending run of trade mark wars, iconic designer shoe brand, Louboutin, entered into the final stages of its dispute with Dutch company Van Haren last month. In 2013 Louboutin first sued its rival in the Dutch courts for trade mark infringement after it began selling high-heeled shoes...

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Protecting your brand in the social media era: what does a win look like?

A few months ago, Hotel Chocolat founder Angus Thirlwell took Waitrose to task on social media over the infringement of a Registered Design relating to the brand’s curvy chocolate slabs. Hotel Chocolat made all the right moves: they sought legal advice, sent a cease and desist letter, and entered into discussions with...

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M&A Deals and the Pharmaceutical sector: Are your IP ducks in a row?

2018 has so far been a productive year for M&A deals in the pharmaceutical sector. At the start of the year, Celgene acquired both Impact Biomedicines for around $7 billion and Juno Therapeutics, Inc for a total of approximately $9 billion. In March, Sanofi completed its $11.6 billion acquisition of Bioveratis....

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Chemistry and Modern Innovation: Part 2 Advancing Chemical Understanding

Our previous article ‘Chemistry and Modern Innovation: Part 1’ outlined the ways in which chemistry has facilitated developments in other industries, looking at a number of innovations reliant on chemical products and processes. In this article, we will consider how chemical innovation itself can be improved using technologies developed in...

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